Recent developments in the Ground Zero Mosque debate, initially stirred up by radical blogger Pamela Geller In NYC, indicate that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has made gestures that indicate he (as he is the government of Saudi Arabia) would fork over $300 million to re-hab and re-open a shut down NYC hospital and move the Ground Zero Mosque to the site.
Attorney Dudley Gaffin is claiming King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia might want to buy shuttered St. Vincent's Medical Center and transfer the "Ground Zero Mosque" to a new Islamic cultural center he would build on a plot at the site, say sources who have heard Gaffin's pitch.
The king, worth more than $20 billion, would also save the hospital, reopening most of the units that closed when St. Vincent's filed for bankruptcy on April 14, the sources said. "He says the king wants to do this as a p.r. move -- to save the hospital and move the mosque away from the World Trade Center site," the source added. "He wants to show that Muslims can do good works."
The cost would be at least $300 million -- the combined amount that the Sisters of Charity, which owns the hospital, owes the biggest secured creditors, GE Capital and TD bank. "He wanted to know what it would cost," said the community leader. Gaffin said the mosque and cultural center would likely be built in a space now occupied by a shuttered nursing facility on 12th Street, just east of Seventh Avenue, (fine do it case closed) more from this source....